Hoeven Announces Nearly $2.9 Million Head Start Grant for Turtle Mountain

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Tribe nearly $2.9 million in funding to support a five-year Head Start program.

“We must ensure that children receive the support they need to have bright futures,” said Hoeven. “This funding will help the children of Turtle Mountain get a good start on their educations, and also provide for their general health and well-being. It’s an investment in their futures, which will help them to grow and learn, empowering them throughout their lives.”

The Head Start program provides education, health nutrition and social programs to help young children in low-income families.

Hoeven has worked in partnership with tribes, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Bureau of Indian Affairs and HHS in drafting the Native American Children’s Safety Act, legislation he authored to implement protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. This legislation is cosponsored by Indian Affairs Committee Vice Chairman Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and was approved by the committee in February.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven works to support programs that supplement state and local efforts to improve student achievement in primary and secondary education, especially for the disadvantaged and those in rural communities.